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I hear that all the time. People will admire my watch, ask me how much I paid (I hate that question so much, but sometimes I will answer). And they will say, "Wow! What a ripoff for a watch, I'd never pay that much, I just break my watches."

Really? You're doing activities to routinely break your watch beyond repair? Or you don't have the common sense to take it off while you're doing a damaging activity?
And do the people who are doing activities rough enough to physically break a strong piece of metal ever happen to break their arm or other body part?

I guess that keeps people from buying a 90 dollar watch every year as opposed to a quality one that'll last them a lifetime.

I've also heard, "I don't own a nice watch because I'd just lose it."

You lose something that's attached to your arm?

I understand people who don't want to own a nice watch or A watch at all, it's their choice, but don't go telling me watches are too expensive because your dumb ass breaks them. By that stretch of the imagination, my Ray Ban sunglasses must suck because I doubt they'd last being run over by my car.

Sorry, just needed to vent about the millions of times i've heard those excuses. :)
 

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I think what you are really hearing is that person does not see any sense in paying a lot of money for a watch let alone several watches. It has nothing to do with watch breakage and everything to do with personal priorities. Some of us see watches as more than simple timekeepers while others don't. No big deal since a well made watch that will last for decades can be bought for under $100.00 Seiko and Citizen automatics as well as quartz watches from a slew of reputable companies come to mind.

The way someone asks a question like that is usually an excellent indicator of where the conversation might head. Sometimes it is best to control the discussion and not talk specifics.
 

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I think broadly you can divide people into three classes in this regard: (1) those who prefer high quality craftsmanship in general, (2) those who prefer high quality craftsmanship with regard to some particular class or classes of items but otherwise prefer cheap stuff, and (3) those people who prefer to find the cheapest available item that serves the function in all contexts. A lot of people just buy the most inexpensive cars, clothes, shoes, kitchen utensils, watches, glasses, etc. that they can find. To some people, this is actually a form of transcendence, a rejection of the pettiness of coveting material things. To others, high quality craftsmanship is a form of transcendence. To each his own.
 

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In my opinion you are either a WIS or you're not. A WIS will buy a watch regardless of actual value or cost If they like it and can afford it. A Non WIS will probably appreciate, perhaps even own a nice timepiece but the buck stops there. I have learned to just let them be, If they show genuine interest in what I have on Ill indulge them to a certain degree, Ill even throw a light compliment on their watch, if I like it. But I'm done showing off and preaching.

I had a similar conversation with someone once, I was showing off my Steinhart, and suggested that he would probably appreciate one as well, I went over the features, described a few things about watches and why this one in particular was great...His answer was just along the line of your comment..."Nah Ill probably break it at work." Fast forward a few months same person, and a few others gang up around me and "casually" start talking about watches....I pretended to be distracted while they showed off theirs, and discussed price and quality, one by one until someone said, "Hey what do you have on?,,, I bet its really high quality,,Yeah he likes German watches they said amongst themselves...I stuck out my wrist and said nah I got this one In wall mart for about $100 bucks, its a cheap chinese watch...And let them have a little fun at my expense.
Anyways lesson learned, I like watches, not many others do, or care. So Ill just keep it to myself from now on, Unless I meet a WIS, then maybe I could talk for hours.
 

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The only time I don't mind answering how much I paid for a watch is when I am talking to another WIS friend of mine, because I know that he is in the game as well, and appreciates the deal and value/price aspect. Otherwise I hate when people ask me what I paid. Either you get these reactions like you have wasted your money because they would never pay that for a watch, or that's nothing because there uncle or someone paid 20k for a Rolex. So I have begun to wave off that question from the non wis. I just say "Too much".
 

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It's just a question of value. I'd sooner buy a $5K watch than a $5K vacation, wine collection, or a suit. OTOH, I don't agree with the need to buy watches that last 100 years. Tastes change and I have no need to pass it on. (Who's to say your kid will like it anyway?)
 

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If people don't take care of their property, they probably didn't value the property much in the first place. The breaking isn't a cause of avoiding a nice watch, it's a symptom.
 

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I get the same argument about everything that I like. Watches, sunglasses, lighters (not that my lighter is extravagant, but I believe a man needs a good lighter, even if it's no more than a Zippo), et al. No matter, I am what I am and I walk on.
 

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The only time I don't mind answering how much I paid for a watch is when I am talking to another WIS friend of mine, because I know that he is in the game as well, and appreciates the deal and value/price aspect. Otherwise I hate when people ask me what I paid. Either you get these reactions like you have wasted your money because they would never pay that for a watch, or that's nothing because there uncle or someone paid 20k for a Rolex. So I have begun to wave off that question from the non wis. I just say "Too much".
Where I work, I run into a lot of different cultures. I find that the Americans (including me) I work with barely ever ask how much things cost, whereas people from other countries are more open about cost. My boss once asked me how much my rent is right in front of my same-level coworker, who may or may not be making the same money as I am. I thought that was very inappropriate.
 

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I think what you are really hearing is that person does not see any sense in paying a lot of money for a watch let alone several watches. It has nothing to do with watch breakage and everything to do with personal priorities. Some of us see watches as more than simple timekeepers while others don't. No big deal since a well made watch that will last for decades can be bought for under $100.00 Seiko and Citizen automatics as well as quartz watches from a slew of reputable companies come to mind.

The way someone asks a question like that is usually an excellent indicator of where the conversation might head. Sometimes it is best to control the discussion and not talk specifics.
I totally get people who don't want to spend a lot of money on a watch. I get that to some people it's nothing more than telling the time.
But to say that a quality one is a ripoff because it could be broken through strenuous activity and/or neglect puzzles me.
 

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I think the reason we all share this view is the root of enjoying nice watches is a personality where you enjoy nicer things in general. Most people just grab something and go.
 

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I hear that all the time. People will admire my watch, ask me how much I paid (I hate that question so much, but sometimes I will answer). And they will say, "Wow! What a ripoff for a watch, I'd never pay that much, I just break my watches." ....
It's OK, I say the similar things about cars.... as I tool around town in my beat-up hoopdie.

Don't laugh, it's paid for.....
 

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I would never ask a stranger what he paid for his watch. I may ask him if he would hold still so I could get a look at it. Budget stops some people from investing in a quality time piece ... then others find a fine, fine, watch for not that much money which will serve them well. I think it takes a few efforts of trying to realize what you really need on your wrist. Lets say (5) ... (5) times at chosing to finally start getting it right. Those who don't try, don't find that pleasure ... it's not about how much it may cost, it's about the watch. Sadly I always pick ones I can't afford !!! But I certainly love the ones I own ...
 

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I totally get people who don't want to spend a lot of money on a watch. I get that to some people it's nothing more than telling the time.
But to say that a quality one is a ripoff because it could be broken through strenuous activity and/or neglect puzzles me.
Yeah, it puzzles me too, mostly because I would never think to ask someone how much their watch, shoes, bicycle or car cost unless I was seriously considering buying one. There are so many other criteria to consider. I wonder if there isn't some underlying insecurity at work.
 

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The first thing I always say to somebody who asks what one of my automatic watches cost is, "Yours is better at doing what watches do," since inevitably that person will be wearing a quartz. A lot of times a few seconds of conversation about mechanical vs. quartz makes said person drop the price question and start asking me for advice on his or her next watch.

I was probably 25 years old before I was settled down enough to own nice things. Before that I wrecked everything. I destroyed cars, computers, athletic equipment, jewelry, tools, and definitely watches. Then one day it occurred to me that I could use my things for their designed purposes within their tolerances and they'd last quite a while. Maybe some of these people just haven't reached that insight yet.
 

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yeah, I also don't like talking prices with people, especially htose who are not in to watches. I'll usually say something like "I got a good deal on it" & try to move the conversation is another direction.
 

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This is a no win discussion. Don't think you will change their minds. You could ask them about what hobbies they have? when they respond you can engage the conversation to a question such as:

"well I never thought about collecting XXX, but tell me, does this hobby have the pattern of collectors starting with a certain type of XXX and then moving up to progressively more expensive items that fundamentally do the same thing, perhaps a nicer feel or look??"

I know ladies who will go on about knitting needles....I try to keep my eyes open... :eek:)
 

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yeah, I also frequent a car forum for a car I use to have. The majority of people on there are in thier early 20's & basically broke, lol. So when we go in to a watch discussion (there's a watch thread), many think I'm crazy for blowing more than $200 on a watch, expecially since most of them use their phone to tell time.

These are the same people who will spend thousands trying to get thier little ricey cars to put out 200+ hp. Hey, they blow $2000+ on a turbo kit, I do it on watch (that will last longer than their whole car will)
 
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